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SEXUALITY- ITS POWER AND PURPOSE

SEXUALITY- ITS POWER AND PURPOSE IN OUR LIVES We are all powerfully, incurably, and wonderfully sexed, this is part of a conspiracy between God and nature. Sexuality lies right next to our instinct for breathing and it is ever-present in our lives. Spiritual literature tends to be na├»ve and in denial about the power of sexuality, as if it could be dismissed as some insignificant factor in the spiritual journey, and as if it could be dismissed at all. It cannot be. It will always make itself felt, consciously or unconsciously. Nature is almost cruel in this regard, particularly to the young. It fills youthful bodies with powerful hormones before those persons have the emotional and intellectual maturity to properly understand and creatively channel that energy. Nature's cruelty, or anomaly, is that it gives someone an adult body before that same person is adult in his or her emotions and intellect. There are a lot of physical and moral dangers in a still-developing child walkin…

Prayer as a school of Hope

PRAYER AS A SCHOOL OF HOPE The first essential setting for learning hope is prayer. When no one listens to me anymore, God still listens to me. When I can no longer talk to anyone, I can always talk to God. When there is no longer anyone to help me deal with a need or expectation that goes beyond the human capacity for hope, he can help me. (CCC 2657). The Holy Spirit, who instructs us to celebrate the liturgy in expectation of Christ’s return, teaches us to pray in hope. Conversely, the prayer of the church and personal prayer nourishes hope in us. The Psalms in the concrete way teach us to fix our hope in God: I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. (Ps. 40:2). As St. Paul prayed: ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope ’ (Rom 15:13). When you have been plunged into complete solitude… you are never totally alone. St. Augustine in his homily on the first letter of …

SPEAKING THE TRUTH PRUDENTLY

Truth alone is not enough. It must be balanced off with the other transcendental properties of God: oneness, goodness, and beauty. That might sound abstract, but what it means concretely is that sometimes we can have all the right answers and still be wrong. How? If we are acting in truth how can we be wrong? The first pitfall is this: We may be acting out of truth and, in fact, doing all the right things, but our energy can be wrong. T.S. Eliot once famously said: "The last temptation is the greatest treason: To do the right deed for the wrong reason." We can see what is at stake here by looking at the older brother of the prodigal son. On the surface his devotion to his father lacks nothing. He rightly attests that his life is blameless and a paradigm of filial devotion. He has kept all the commandments, has never left his father's house, and has done all the required work. The irony is that he fails to notice that he is not in fact inside his father's house, b…
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KAVA ASSEMBLY 21st - 27th 2012 at Dimisse Sisters -KAREN

<b>THE KAVA ASSEMBLY 2012The Theme: “Vocation: God’s gift of Love” Time: Arrival 21st of October 2012. The Assembly ends on Friday 26th October 2012 evening. Departure for the Borders is Saturday 27th Morning. The payments:  The following are the agreed upon payments during the KAVA National executive Meeting held on the 5th of July 2012 at Dimesse Sisters.  Registration fee Kshs. 2,000/=  Food and Accommodation for the Borders, Kshs. 11,000/=  The commuters, Kshs. 5,000/=  Therefore:  Total amount for a Border, Kshs. 13,000/=  Total amount for a commuter, kshs. 7,000/=  The payments can be made as follows:  Through the Treasurer KAVA, Sr. Mary Kanyi, M-pesa number, 0725-820-142Cheques, from Up-country add the withdrawal fee of kshs. 200/= The cheques can be given to Sr. Rhoda at Dimesse in advance or bring on the reporting day, during registration.  The amount for Registration has been allotted in order to fund some of the logistics involved in the entire process…

OUR INNER GARMENT

OUR INNER GARMENT Many things divide us: language, race, ethnicity, gender, religion, politics, ideology, culture, personal history, temperament, private wounds, moral judgment, it’s hard, in the face of all this, to see people who are different from us as brothers and sisters, as equally important citizens of this world, and as loved and valued by God in the same way we are. And so we often live a certain distrust of each other. Sadly too often demonize each other, seeing danger where there is only difference. We then either actively oppose someone or simply steer clear of him/her and caution our loved ones to stay clear as well. Consequently, we are staying in the world, where various groups stay from each other: liberals Vs the conservatives, protestants Vs Catholics, Jews Vs Arabs, Arabs Vs Christians, Moslems Vs Buddhists, blacks Vs white races, pro-life Vs pro-choice groups, feminists Vs traditionalists etc. what we fail to understand is that these are all differences that re…

MOVING BEYOND BAD HABITS

MOVING BEYOND BAD HABITS We all have our faults, weaknesses, places where we short-circuit morally, dark spots, secret and not-so-secret addictions. When we're honest, we know how universally true St. Paul’s words are when he writes: "The good thing I want to do, I never do; the evil thing that I do not want to do - that is what I do." None of us are whole, saints through and through. There's always something we are struggling with: anger, bitterness, vengefulness, selfishness, laziness, or lack of self-control (major or minor) with sex, food, drink, or entertainment. And for most of us, experience has taught us that the bad habits we have are very difficult to break. Indeed, many times we cannot even find the heart to want to break them, so deep have they become engrained in us. We bring the same things to our confessor year after year, just as we break the same New Year's resolutions year after year. And each year we tell our doctor that this year will finall…

FIFTH SUNDAY OF LENT

THE SEED MUST DIE

We are more troublesome to ourselves than anyone else – St. Francis del Sale

First Reading – Jeremiah 31:31-34 – The prophet Jeremiah tells a shattered people that God has not forsaken them, but will soon make a new and more intimate covenant with them.

Second reading Heb 5:7-9 – Through his obedience and suffering Christ became the source of eternal life for us

Gospel John 12:20-33 – In his death Jesus will be glorified and this will bring life to those who follow him.



THE HUMAN VULNERABILITY

We sometimes put on certain stoic faces which show that life must with courage without showing any weakness whatsoever. But life is not about hardliners, survival technicians of life. Liberators are those who fight for the common good but they never live long to see the fruits of their work.

There are usually low moments, where we reach the rock bottom, our inner life is smashed, bombarded and moving on with life becomes a nightmare and we can’t go ahead and we create short-cuts in l…

THE NEED FOR CONSECRATION

We can lose our freedom for different reasons and, sometimes, for the best of reasons.

Imagine this scenario: You are on your way to a restaurant to meet a friend for dinner, a perfectly legitimate agenda, but en route you witness a car accident. Some of the people in the accident are seriously hurt and you are the first to arrive at the scene. At that moment your own agenda, dinner with a friend, is put on hold. You've lost your freedom and are, by circumstance and need, conscripted to remain there and help. You phone for an ambulance, you call for the police, and you wait with the injured until help arrives.

During that whole time your freedom is suspended. You are still radically free of course. You could leave the injured to fend for themselves and head off to meet your friend, but you would be abdicating part of your humanity by doing that. Circumstance and need have taken away your existential and moral freedom. They have consecrated you and set you apart just as surely as a …

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Gospel reading: Mark 1:29-

Vs.29 On leaving the synagogue, Jesus went with James and John straight to the house of Simon and Andrew.vs.30 Now Simon's mother-in-law had gone to bed with fever, and they told him about her straight-away. Vs.31 He went to her took her by the hand and helped her up. And the fever left her and she began to wait on them. Vs.32 That evening, after sunset, they brought to him all who were sick and those who were possessed by devils. Vs.33 The whole town came crowding round the door, vs.34 and he cured many who were suffering from diseases of one kind or another; he also cast out many devils, but he would not allow them to speak, because they knew who he was.

Vs.35 In the morning, long before dawn, he got up and left the house, and went off to a lonely place and prayed there. vs.36 Simon and his companions set out in search of him, vs.37 and when they found him they said, "Everybody is looking for you."
vs.38 He …

FOURTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR

TEACHING WITH AUTHORITY

“People who are masters in their own house are never tyrants”. Napoleon

First Reading (Deut 18:15-20) Moses foretells the coming of a prophet who will speak God’s word to the people.
Second Reading (I Cor 7:32-35). Paul urges everyone, but especially those who are celibates to give their undivided attention to the Lord.
Gospel (Mk 1:21-28). The prophecy of Moses is fulfilled in Jesus.

Here Mark begins to tell us the kind of things Jesus did in proclaiming the kingdom.
Deuteronomy presents Moses as ideal prophet (First Reading). The prophet can never speak on his own authority, but speaks on behalf of God. The Jews believed that God would raise up in the last days a prophet like Moses. The early Christians regarded Jesus as the awaited prophet. His teaching was given with authority and confirmed by miracles, the sign that God was with him.

In today’s Gospel we see how Jesus spoke with authority, and how the ordinary people recognized this.
Today we have a glut of words …